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The Alzheimer’s Association will host its annual Southern Maryland Dementia Care Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Jaycees center at 3090 Crain Highway in Waldorf
Registration, due Oct. 26, is $30 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and presentation materials. To register call 703-359-4440, email ProgramNCA@alz.org or go to www.alz.org/nca/conferences.
Topics include the state of Alzheimer’s at the federal, state and local levels, tools for building a personal support network and technologies to assist with care and safety of those affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Presenters include local and regional government and nonoprofit care providers, and advocates.
Respite care will be available during the conference at Fenwick Landing senior care community center for $10 per person and includes lunch. Call 301-638-4100 no later than Oct. 26 to register for respite care.
County annual report available online
The Charles County commissioners announced that the fiscal 2012 annual report is available at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov.
The report provides a summary of the legislative actions during fiscal 2012, budget highlights, completed projects, photos and messages from the commissioners.
Starting in November, printed copies of the report (one per household) are available upon request. Email a request to MediaPromotions@CharlesCounty.or or call 301-885-2779.
Drug free awareness day planned
The Charles County Substance Abuse Advisory Coalition will host a Living Healthy and Drug Free Information Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 near the downstairs entrance to Sears in the Charles Towne Center mall at 11110 Mall Circle in Waldorf.
Numerous organizations will be on hand to give out information and talk.
Julia Child tribute show
Join the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland at the Jaycees center in Waldorf at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2 for its philanthropy day luncheon and presentation of actress Mary Ann Jung’s acclaimed tribute show to Julia Child.
A chef and television star, Julia Child is often credited with transforming the way mid-20th century Americans regarded food and cooking. Jung portrays Child, sharing details about her life as a diplomat, student at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School and internationally known chef and television personality.
Jung has been a lead actress and director of Renaissance history and Shakespearean language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for more than 25 years.
She is a Smithsonian scholar and performer and has appeared on CNN, “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.”
Tickets for lunch and the show are $40 each or $360 for a table of 10. Contact the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland at 301-885-0108 or go to www.cfsomd.org.
The town of La Plata will throw its annual Halloween party 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at town hall, 305 Queen Anne St., and the town of Indian Head is sponsoring a Halloween party 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 on the Village Green at 100 Walter Thomas Road.
In Indian Head, adult participants are needed for trunk-to-trunk trick-or-treating on the Village Green at the free event. Bring a vehicle, trunk loaded with candy enough for approximately 600 trick-or-treaters. Come as is or decorate the vehicle, and dress in costume. Arrive at the Village Green between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to line up and enjoy dinner on the town. Participating vehicles cannot leave the line-up area until 8 p.m.
Dinner hot dog, chips, drink for $2 carnival games inside the pavilion and hayrides to a pumpkin patch, with a free pumpkin to the first 100 kids younger than 12, are all 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Trunk-to-trunk trick-or-treating is 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
The town reminds residents that door-to-door trick or treating is allowed between 6 and 8 p.m. for children younger than 12.
La Plata’s Harvest Halloween Party lets children come in costume and enjoy crafts, snacks and treats.
Artist explores waterways
Artist Michael Kolster will give a gallery talk and reception at noon Nov. 15 at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building on the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland at 8730 Mitchell Road.
Kolster is an associate professor of art at Bowdoin College in Maine. In his exhibit, Down by the River: Exploring American Waterways 40 Years After the Clean Water Act, Kolster uses the wet plate process to produce ambrotypes, unique positive images formed on glass by sensitizing salted collodion, exposing the wet plate in a view camera and developing the image in a dark box, according to a college news release.
The event is free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-934-7828.
Veterans home plans Nov. 3 open house
The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home will host its seventh annual open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3, offering a visit to Maryland’s only long-term skilled nursing and assisted living facility exclusively serving the needs of Maryland veterans and their eligible spouses.
The day will include tours of the facility and demonstrations of services offered to residents, including skilled nursing care, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, rehabilitative services and respite care.
Library gets crafty
The Potomac branch of the Charles County Public Library has scheduled a make-and-take holiday craft event for those 18 and older 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the library at 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive in Indian Head.
Join library staff for a crafty afternoon filled with simple, inexpensive ideas for the home. Participants will make two holiday cards, decorate a small papier-mache trinket box and make small gift boxes from wrapping paper to decorate the home or tree, or for gift-giving. Registration ends at 4 p.m. Nov. 9.
The class is free. Materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. To register call Suzanne Kuch at 301-375-7375.
A little autumn twang
The Sons of the American Legion and Jay Armsworthy are gearing up for the next season of bluegrass at the Legion post in Hughesville. The first show will be Larry Stephenson at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the post at 6265 Brandywine Road. Doors open at noon.
Tickets for each show are $15. Food will be available for sale before the shows.
Stephenson is regarded as one of bluegrass music’s finest high lead and tenor vocalists. A native of King George, Va., Stephenson has toured with bands, including Cliff Waldron and Leon Morris, Bill Harrell & the Virginians and the famed Bluegrass Cardinals, before forming his own band in 1989.
Other shows at the Legion will be the Boxcars Jan. 27, 2013; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Feb. 10; and Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers March 24. For tickets, go to www.americanlegionbluegrass.com or call 301-737-3004.
Nonperishable food donations will be accepted for the Helping Hands Food Bank in Southern Maryland.
Tri-Artist Invitational at Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Mattawoman Creek Art Center presents the Tri-Artist Invitational, a showcase of linocuts by Kathy Daywalt, paintings by Charles Hughes, and photography by Allen Price 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 28 at the center in Smallwood State Park at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury. Park fee is waived for MCAC visitors. For more information, go to www.mattawomanart.org.
November SCOOP is out
The November 2012 Charles County Department of Community Services issue of The SCOOP is online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CS. Printed copies are available at local senior centers.
The SCOOP contains news, special events, and trips, and this issue features Thanksgiving events at county senior centers.
The Richard R. Clark Senior Center at 1210 Charles St. in La Plata will host an “Encore Thanksgiving,” a production from the Baltimore Senior Showcase, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15.
There will be singing, dancing and lots of laughs. Lunch will be a traditional Thanksgiving menu with all the fixings; bingo after lunch. Registration is required beforehand. The fee is $6.
The Indian Head Senior Center at 100 Cornwallis Square will have a Thanksgiving party with a Dean Martin impersonator 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15. A special performance by Eric Richardson will bring the true spirit of Deano. Fee of $8 includes entertainment, lunch and door prizes. Registration deadline is Nov. 8.
The Nanjemoy Community Center will have a traditional Thanksgiving feast 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Deadline to register is Nov. 13. Fee is $5.50, donation for those 60 and older.
The Waldorf Senior Center at 3092 Crain Highway will celebrate blessings with “Ballet Mobile” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15. An interactive ballet program reminds the audience of all the good things in their lives.
Enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch after the program. Registration deadline is Nov 8; fee is $8.
Go to www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CS or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388.
Grant funds stuffed ham event at St. Mary’s City
Explore a local culinary tradition during the annual Hearth and Home in Early Maryland event at the visitor center at 18751 Hogaboom Lane in Historic St. Mary’s City 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24. The State Arts Council recently awarded a Maryland Traditions Project Grant to the museum to bring stuffed ham into focus at HSMC’s annual exploration of Colonial foodways. The event features hands-on activities, hearth cooking and food preservation.
Contact the museum visitor center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634.
Art, essays sought for contest
The Port Tobacco chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is accepting entries in its annual Junior American Citizens Contest.
The contest promotes good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history among school-age children.
This year’s theme is “Invest in America’s Future.”
The JAC Committee offers contests in art, creative expression and community service for all children in grades prekindergarten to 12. This includes public, private and home-schooled children.
The deadline is Jan. 16. For entry information, email PortTobaccoDAR@gmail.com.